Doesn't need any introduction! It is the most popular dance in the USA right now and another great class for beginners! You'll learn about different styles of Salsa, basic footwork, patterns and styling that will allow you to feel comfortable in any club.
Bring your partner in real close for this embracing dance!
Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically.
The basics to the dance are two-steps with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The knees should be slightly bent so the performer can sway the hips easier. Generally, most of the dancer's movement is in the lower body up to the hips, and the upper body moves much less.
In partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open or closed position. Dance moves, or step variety, during performance strongly depends on the music (such as the rhythms played by the different instruments), setting, mood, and interpretation. Unlike Salsa, Bachata dance does not usually include complex turn patterns but they are used more and more as the dance evolves. The leading is done just like in most other social dances, with a “pushing and pulling” hand and arm communication. Hand and arm communication is better conveyed when most of the movement is performed by the lower body (from waist down); i.e. hips and footwork.
The original dance style from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is a basic dance sequence in a full 8 count moving within a square. Dancers in the Western World later began developing a more simple pattern and added dance elements from other dances as well, the basic is also in a full 8 count, but with a side-to-side motion. Both Styles consist of 3 steps normal and then a tap step. The tap is often accompanied by a “pop” of the hips, and is sometimes substituted with syncopations (steps in between the beats - some similar to cha-cha-cha steps and others much different). Bachata music has an accent in rhythm at every fourth count. Often, this is when dancers will tap-step & pop their hips - this is called dancing bachata to the basic rhythm of the music (because the first step after the pop falls on the 1st beat of the measure). But bachata can be danced to different timings as well if it's danced to one particular instrument instead. The tab or 'pop' is done in the opposite direction of the last step, while the next step is taken on the same direction as the tap or pop. The dance direction changes after the tap or fourth step.
At Dance Republic you'll be introduced to Modern/Fusion style of Bachata. The basics are the same as Traditional Style Bachata, but with added dance elements and styling from Salsa,Tango, Zouk-lambada, Ballroom etc. Enjoy!
The dance with an exotic name, Kizomba was born approximately in the 70s/80s of last century in Angola. Kizomba is a hot and romantic blend of Cuban dances mixed with mesmerizing rhythms of Samba and spiced up with the passion of Tango. It is a very sensual, enigmatic dance where partners are moving as a unit feeling each other's heart beat in a close embrace.Kizomba is super popular social dance in Europe and Africa and now it is finally becoming a big hit in USA as well. Try it and you'll fall in love with Kizomba! Kizomba’s choreography is slow and soft with a light Latin American flavor. All the accent goes to the hips and lower part of the body. It is a very easy dance to learn which makes it a very attractive dance to start your discovery of the world of Latin American dancing.